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Planes minutus (Linnaeus, 1758) Black Sea
It needs to confirm the presence of this species in the Black Sea. Presumably it penetrates to
this water area from time to time. It is not possible to find the species in museum Black Sea’s
collections [Kobjakova & Dolgopolskaya, 1969, p. 298]. P. minutus was recorded by
Czerniavsky from Odessa, Black Sea: “Mus. Zool. Univ. Odess. (Prof. Marcusen).”
[Czerniavsky, 1884, p. 136].
Range. “The relative abundance of these oceanic crabs is more or less dependent upon the
prevalence of flotsam or of floating or swimming organisms to which the crabs may cling.
They are therefore found far more commonly on Sargassum in the Sargasso Sea area of the
North Atlantic than in any other part of the world. Records of their occurrence in other areas
are still too scattered and frequently too unreliable to justify the usual distribution note that
Planes is "found in all tropical and temperate seas." [Chace, 1951, p.77].
“From off eastern North America (south of Newfoundland) through the eastern coast of
America, Florida to Bahamas; West Indies.” [Abele & Kim, 1986, p. 63].
Size of carapace. Up to 19 mm (length). [Chace, 1951, p. 68].
Reference: Chace F.A. Jr. 1951. The oceanic crabs of the genera
Planes and Pachygrapsus. Proceedings of the United States National
Museum, 101(3272): 65-103, figs. 1-8. PDF 1,4 mb
Planes minutus in marevita.org